Disney+ will screen the original documentary film Howard, the untold story of Academy Award-winning Lyricist Howard Ashman, responsible for a swathe of classic Disney songs, on August 7.
Directed by Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast), Howard is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the lyricist behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid and the creator of the musical Little Shop of Horrors.
The film features never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs…
Covering his childhood in Baltimore, formative years in New York, and his untimely death from AIDS, the film features never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Howard’s friends and family.
“You may not know his name, but you sure know Howard Ashman’s music,” says Director, Writer and Producer Don Hahn. “He’s one of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century who helped to revitalize the American musical and re-energize Disney Animation. He left us a songbook that still lives on in us today, yet his personal story has never been fully told until now.”
Howard features interviews with Ashman’s longtime musical collaborator Alan Menken, who also scored the film, Bill Lauch (Ashman’s Partner), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast) and Sarah Gillespie.